First, I want to begin with a moment of 100% transparency…when Everlane emailed me and asked if I would be interested in receiving a couple items from their new releases, I may have shrieked and done a happy dance! I have three Everlane items and I have been impressed with the quality and style of all of them (not to mention a great price point, especially for ethically-made products) so a chance to share something from their newest launch, the Linen Collection, was not only flattering, but so exciting!
And since I’m being honest, I’ve been on blogger cloud nine recently being asked to collaborate by a few different brands that I highly respect. I am completely humbled and honored that they would consider me to share their story and products with you all. So, while I know it can start to seem too ‘bloggish’ to be posting this and that collaboration, please know that I’m always careful to choose what brands I share with you and that I add pieces I plan to wear over and over, not just to style for the shoot.
I selected the Linen Racerback Dress in Indigo/Off-White Stripe and the Linen Muscle Tank in Heather Gray, which Everlane kindly sent me. Both seamlessly fit into my summer wardrobe, which is still my first consideration, even when adding items that are being gifted to me.
The dress is 100% linen, but it’s a lightweight linen so it’s thinner and softer than expected and drapes just right. My first impression is that dress will be a regular this summer. I prefer dresses to shorts, and this one feels so easy and effortless. It’s lightweight and cool, machine-washable, and the stripes and relaxed fit give it an easy style without having to add anything extra.
I am a size 6 and I ordered the dress in medium. My biggest concern was the arm holes because they look pretty low on the model and I was worried about finding the right bra. For me, the sides are slightly lower than a typical racerback, but I found a bralette in my drawer with lower sides that works no problem. I like the unstructured fit and I find the neckline and straps flattering. The dress just skims my hips and the relaxed fit gives me some room through my mid-section. I’m 5’2″ and the medium hits me just above the knee. I think had I wanted an even looser fit, similar to that of the model, I could have sized up since I’m a little fuller in the hips and booty, but I would be concerned that the top would be too bit since I’m smaller on top than on bottom, so I’m going to stick with the medium.
Most of the time I’ll wear the dress alone with a pair of flip flops, especially on hot summer afternoons. But for spring or cooler evenings, add a jean jacket, chambray shirt, or lightweight longline cardigan, along with a pair of sandals, an easy necklace, and crossbody bag for an easy look. I have also been into layering dresses over jeans recently, so I may give that a try before the end of the school year. This dress is lightweight enough that I think it could even be tucked in to double up as a shirt.